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Microsoft's Peter Moore says the company may be planning to stop releasing backwards compatiblity updates for the XBOX 360

1up.com recently reported that it appears to them Microsoft may be abandoning backward compatibility with the XBOX 360. This would be in stark contrast of what Microsoft has said in the past concerning the 360 and backwards compatibility, although admittedly the company has flip-flopped rather vigorously on the issue since the initial launch of the XBOX 360.

Spurring 1up.com’s allegations are comments made by Microsoft’s vice-president of entertainment business and entertainment and devices division Peter Moore, to gaming magazine Kikizo during E3 this year saying:

Nobody is concerned anymore about backwards compatibility. We under promised and over delivered on that. It's a very complicated thing... very complex work. I'm just stunned that we have hundreds of games that are backwards compatible. More are coming, but at some point, you just go, there's enough, let's move on, or people aren't as worried about a game being backwards compatible - and I like to think we've upheld our end of the bargain in making at least two or maybe three hundred games backwards [compatible].

There is however conflicting information. In a report by the BBC a Microsoft employee  is stated as saying that a backwards compatibility update was coming in the near future and that more releases were planned after the upcoming update. It is worth noting that currently the software responsible for backwards compatibility on the XBOX 360 takes up an impressive 7GB of space on the XBOX 360 hard drive.






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